2013 Kia Rio

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2013 Kia Rio
2013 Kia Rio

New For 2013

Kia is releasing about 500 SX hatchbacks with manual transmissions this year. There’s a new “Kia” badge on the hood, trunk, and steering wheel of all Rios. Steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles are standard on SX models. Five-door models get new rear seatback release levers, and a cargo floor tray and net come standard on EX and SX trim levels.


The Kia Rio, once an archetypally boring car, is now interesting. All-new last year, the Rio has clean lines, an upright and aggressive front fascia, and standard fifteen-inch wheels that dispel the sense of awkwardness and cheapness that commonly afflict subcompact cars. The top-of-the-line SX goes even further, with seventeen-inch aluminum wheels and LED accents for the taillights and the daytime running lamps. That’s flashy hardware for a subcompact, but the Rio subtly pulls it all together in a fashion not unlike that of the Volkswagen GTI. The Hyundai Accent, its under-the-skin twin, is probably more distinct, but the Rio is more expensive-looking. The Rio also looks good on the inside—typically an area where economy cars serve up lots of cut-rate hard plastic. There’s a handsome dash with large switches and available navigation. The graining of the plastics and the number of soft-touch surfaces impresses. Predictably, the Rio shares much with the Accent, from its 101.2-inch wheelbase to its direct-injected, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Paired with a standard six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic, the Rio gets the now-requisite 40 mpg on the highway. On the debit side are overboosted steering, sluggish acceleration, and a ride that can be harsh.


Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; stability and traction control; and hill-start assist are standard.

You'll like:

  • Handsomely restyled
  • Attractive interior

You won't like:

  • Overboosted steering
  • Very firm ride

Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Rio

  • Chevrolet Sonic
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Nissan Versa
Kia Cub Concept Teaser Front Three Quarter
Kia's new Rio and Forte are already making strides in the compact hatchback market, but the company is hoping to go even smaller with a new car called the Cub. At least, that's what this shadowy preview of a Seoul Motor Show concept seems to show.
BMW Teen Driving School 1
Car buyers between the ages of 18 and 34 still buy more Japanese cars like Hondas and Toyota than any other geographical region, but the margins are smaller and smaller every year. A new study found that teens and twentysomethings are shifting their buying habits to automakers from the U.S. and South Korea.
2013 Kia Rio SX 6MT Front View 2
Since the Kia Rio's current generation debuted for the 2012 model year, it has gone from the butt of automotive jokes to one of the most stylish and feature-laden offerings for under $20,000. A great deal of credit for the subcompact's radical transformation goes to Kia's design chief, Peter Schreyer (previously with Audi), who bestowed the littlest Kia with the clean lines and fetching styling that permeate the brand and help this subcompact differentiate itself from the rest of the segment.
2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Front Three Quarter
A number of new products from Kia continue to help the automaker post record sales months. In July, Kia pulled off a 5.6-percent increase compared to the same period last year. Hyundai was also up, posting a 4.1-percent jump last month compared to July 2011, even with supply shortages of a few models.

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2013 Kia Rio Specifications

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1.6L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
29 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
37 MPG
138 hp @ 6300rpm
123 ft lb of torque @ 4850rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
60,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Small Overlap
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
NHTSA Rating Front Side
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
NHTSA Rating Overall
NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength

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